Sunday, September 15, 2019

Ordinance on proper use of IP clothes signed

THE ordinance requiring the mandatory conduct of cultural consultation/orientation on the proper use of Indigenous People (IP) attire in any public event has been signed by Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio and is eyed to be published by the end of April.

The ordinance was signed last December 21, 2017 by the city mayor and is now awaiting publication.

The ordinance was approved on third and final reading last November 7, 2017.

It recognizes and requires prior consultation or orientation on the proper use of IP traditional attire during parades, exhibits, gatherings, presentations, and other related public activities relative to the appropriate and correct representation, pursuant to the mandate of the Republic Act 8371, also known as the Indigenous People's Rights Act of 1997.

The ordinance covers persons involved in the preparation, organization and performers of public events such as parades, exhibits, gatherings, and presentations including but not limited to the choreographers, instructors, managers, models, actors, dancers, singers and other performers, that showcase represent, symbolize and/or claim to showcase, represent symbolize the authentic IP attire and tradition of a particular tribe in Davao City.

But it does not apply to public and private events, which showcases any form of creativity, using only cultural/native/ethnic-inspired themes that promote innovation in the field of art and ingenuity.

However, the organizers and persons behind any cultural/native/ethnic inspired gathering and events are urged to exert earnest effort to be consistent with the traditional IP attire and give due respect to the significance of every color, cut, design of the same in accordance with the IP culture and tradition of the concerned Indigenous Cultural Communities/IP used as inspiration for the theme of the event,

A certification as proof of orientation and consultation issued and signed by the Office of the Cultural and Community Affairs (OCCA) will be required from any person, groups of persons, organization, entity, establishment, whether private or public, who seeks to use IP attire for the purpose of representing/attributing/ exhibiting a recognized IP/Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICC) in Davao City during public activities and other public events.

Use of IP attire without consultation, and those who will not follow the proper attire agreed during the cultural orientation conducted by the tribal community is punishable with a warning or reprimand for first offense, a fine of not less than P500 but not more than P1,000 at the discretion of the court, and a required attendance on a cultural consultation/orientation for second offense, and a fine of not less than P1000 but not more than P2,000, at the discretion of the court and a required attendance to a cultural presentation/orientation seminar for the third offense.

Ordinance shall take effect 15 days following its publication ina newspaper of general circulation and its posting for three consecutive weeks at conspicuous places at City Hall.
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